A&T, Bennett to host EPA sustainability symposium

EPA logoThe Environmental Protection Agency will hold its regional conference on sustainable practices at colleges and universities next Thursday and Friday at N.C. A&T and Bennett College.

The focus this year is “Greening Your Campus and Curriculum: Shaping the Environmental Leaders of the Future.”

The symposium will include the EPA’s third Environmental Youth Summit.  Students from A&T, Bennett and other colleges will discuss innovation and sustainable green careers, eco-friendly living and sporting events, and the EPA’s collegiate food recovery challenge, among other topics.

Symposium agenda

One highlight of the symposium  will be a panel of educators and representatives of industry who will discuss curriculum needed to graduate environmentally knowledgeable professionals.  Other discussion topics will include sustainable campus infrastructure, environmental literacy, and student involvement.

Keynote speaker will be Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, EPA regional administrator for the Southeast.  Other speakers will include faculty and administrators from across the Southeast and representatives of Duke Energy, the EPA, Smart North America, Toyota, and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation.

The event’s main sessions will be held at the Alumni Foundation Events Center on the A&T campus.  The youth summit will be held at A&T’s Proctor Hall and the Global Learning Center Auditorium at Bennett.

The Collegiate Environmental Sustainability Symposium is designed to encourage colleges and universities to implement environmentally sustainable projects on their campuses and to incorporate sustainability into their curricula.

The symposium is designed to educate, motivate and provide a forum to network and initiate conversations between faculty, facility managers, and students at colleges and universities, corporations, government agencies, elected officials, and nonprofits.

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